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      Collins casts tiebreaker in charter school zoning request

      Horizon Science Academy received approval to convert Summit Street YMCA to a school after Toledo Mayor D. Mayor Collins casted the deciding vote on its zoning request.The charter school signed an agreement last year to purchase the YMCA. The school's intent is to relocate its school on Jefferson Street to the YMCA on Summit Street. Anna Stewart, the Community Outreach Coordinator for Concept Schools, the parent company of Horizon Science Academy said the school needs to expand. "Have we operated very well there up to this date yes, but we want something more for our students," Ms. Stewart said.

      In recent weeks, Toledo Public Schools also expressed an interest in the YMCA property. The desire of TPS to buy the YMCA was an element to last months lengthy debate in city council on Horizon's zoning request. TPS is in the running to take over the Head Start program and has indicated the YMCA site would be an ideal location for the Head Start program. Terry Glazer, executive director of the United North community agency, has heard proposals from both TPS and Horizon concerning the YMCA property."We're not against the charter school, we're saying there are two choices for that facility, and clearly the TPS proposal would be better for that neighborhood," Mr. Glazer said.